558 Tasting Notes

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Drank 6 or so large mugs of this each with the tiniest splash of cream and it really made my day delightful. I spent five hours in front of the computer at work learning our new scheduling program and this tea helped me trek through it.

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drank Holiday 2010 by Mighty Leaf Tea
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After experimenting with a new tea and failing to find a taste I highly enjoyed, I needed a big mug of comforting, reliable tea. This is that tea for me this winter. I really like the sweet, fruity, toasty, nutty flavors. There is so much going on in this blend it tastes a little bit different each time I brew it. I seem to find new flavors each time I sip it. Great warming tea drunk straight up. Need warmth on this frigid day!

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I’ve brewed this a few different times using different steeping parameters and I just can’t get much more than a slightly tart hibiscus/berry flavor and green oolong flavor. I just can’t figure out how to get this right. Best tasting, but most sour/tart was a 3 minute steep at just below boiling with 4 tsp/16oz. Turned a pale pink infusion and fully unfurled the leaves, just didn’t give me much flavor. I will try again with a pinch of sugar and again iced, but otherwise this is moving to the swap pile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank After 5 by Lupicia
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Oooh, I like this more than any mint green tea I’ve had yet. I received a free sample with my Lupicia order that came in today. The spearmint and peppermint go really well together. I’m really liking the tingling sensation that this leaves in my mouth. I may have to pick up some more of this, probably just in bagged form for convenience. This is really helping me relax and settling my stomach tonight.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m surprised I am the first to log this tea. I suppose it is due to how many teas Lupicia carries, there are just so many to choose from. I got this on a whim with my order after reading tasting notes about other citrus and lemon oolongs.

I love watching oolongs unfurl. The tiny little pearl leaves unfurl into huge one inch wide leaves that are at least an inch long. Such beauties. And completely unfurled during the one and a half minute steep.

Ahhh….this tea certainly has sweet tangerine flavor along with a nice darker oolong base. Sweet and vegetal, slightly creamy and totally tangerine. This tastes very natural, not artificial at all. I’m so happy I purchased a pouch of this! YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Jinjaa Citrus Twist by Teavana
558 tasting notes

Finally brewing up some of this tea. Ran out of the Blackberry Mojito tea my husband loves iced, so tried this iced for him, and made a cup hot for myself. It isn’t a potent green tea, but with two teaspoons for 10oz water steeped at 170ish for 3 minutes it is tasty. The citrus is more along the lines of a tart grapefruit flavor and citrus peel. This is smooth, mellow and was a great choice after our filling dinner. I am happy to have another option as far as flavored greens go.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wintertraum by Demmers Teehaus
558 tasting notes

Another tea from Adham. This is the tea that I hit my nose first when I opened the package of teas. Wow, is the cherry fragrant in this one! The almond is a great combination with this, but doesn’t make it taste amaretto, like I thought it might. The leaves look like a mixture of brown skinny leaves (ceylon?) and then there are greener large wide leaves that must be the china part of the blend? Once I saw the wet leaves I thought maybe I had steeped this wrong, and thought it might be a black/green blend…still not really sure, but it tastes just wonderful brewed as a black tea. I love how fruity and floral this blend is. I wish I had some black cherry preserves and a scone to enjoy with this. Or maybe a bear claw from work to bring out the almond flavor…delicious! I really am enjoying this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Another tea sample from the Secret Santa package Adham sent. The package the teas came in smells so wonderful. I’m not sure if it is the combined fragrance of the teas, or if one of the teas is really overpowering the rest.

These dry leaves smell spicy, not in a caliente way, but as in chai spices. There is a vanilla sweetness to the leaves as well.

I brewed this at 3 minutes after reading Adham’s note that it brews quite brisk. Seeing how dark the infusion became after hitting the 3 minute mark impressed and scared me a little. Tasting this tea I definitely get the strong malty notes of assam. Wow, this is a full bodied tea. I’m glad to have chosen this to drink this morning, I need the pick me up. I’m glad the vanilla is in this tea, it makes it a bit different from other teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Yamamoto by Demmers Teehaus
558 tasting notes

I received a package of this tea from Adham as a Secret Santa swap present. Thanks Ricky for putting together Secret Santa!

The leaves are a deep green in color, a medium length sencha leaf and mixed with pieces of citrus peel, lemongrass and flowery blossoms. The pouch smells fantastic, clean and vibrant. I sniffed the pouch as I was waiting for the tea to brew up.

The brewed tea is a pale yellow infusion. The citrus peel and lemongrass definitely show through in the taste but still allow the flavor of the sencha to come through. I could see this being a tea I drink daily, as it isn’t too fragrant or flavored, it is just right.

I’m really beginning to like green teas, I haven’t ventured to try many unflavored greens, but really enjoy these flavored blends.

Thanks again Adham for sending me this tea!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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One last tasting cup before I send the rest of this off to French Vanilla.

I love how smooth and sweet this tea is. I taste cherries and citrus fruit, but they aren’t overly flavored, just a light, balanced blend. I wouldn’t reach for this tea often, as I like my teas bright and in my face, but I do enjoy this as a relaxing blend. Surprising to call a black tea blend relaxing, but I don’t know how else to describe it. This is a nice tea to enjoy this evening:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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